real estate resolutionsThe start of a new year is the perfect time to start fresh and make plans for the months above. Whether you're looking to sell, or simply want to maintain your home to its best potential, you'll want to check out our 6 real estate resolutions for 2016!

6. Skip Money Sucking Renovations

Here's an easy resolution to start off with, because it requires no effort: don't renovate your home (with bad investments.) The truth is that most renovations will never recover their full value, which means you're actually losing money on them. Unless it's for your own personal happiness, skip these classic money sinks: swimming pools, stainless steel appliances, brand new carpets, elaborate landscaping and luxury fixtures or upgrades. Buyers certainly may…

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buddy schillingByron "Buddy" Schilling, president of JBGoodwin REALTORS®, was featured in the Statesman giving his approval for the new home closing procedures.

The initial changes were met with concern for many agents throughout the industry, but JBGoodwin saw the opportunity for what it was: good for the people.

A big difference in the new process, which launched October 3, is an improved closing disclosure form.

“The closing disclosure goes through, in great detail and in simple English, what it is that the buyer and seller are actually closing, and what the buyer is getting in terms of a loan,” Schilling said, to the Statesman. “It's a beautiful thing due to the simplicity of it.”

This simplicity is exactly the intention behind the changes, which seek to…

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CalAtlantic homesAre you ready to build your dream home in Austin or San Antonio but you're not sure which builder to choose? If you're looking for an experienced builder that will really listen to you and not go over your budget, you should consider CalAtlantic Homes.

A recent merger between Ryland and Standard Pacific has brought over 100 years of combined experience to create CalAtlantic Homes. The new company uses their shared expertise to build properties in 17 different states. Innovation, unwavering commitment and quality homes are only some of the ideals that CalAtlantic prides itself on when taking on a project. Providing the highest personalized service, CalAtlantic enjoys getting to know their clients and delivering what is important to them.

Don't just…

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Investing in Real Estate

rent or flip houseSpend money to make money. If you find yourself with some extra money in the bank, you might be wondering what the best course of action is: should I save it or invest? Purchasing real estate has long been considered one of the best ways to not only own more assets but to also return a profit from them too. Flipping houses or purchasing homes for renting are the two primary ways to return a profit from real estate. Here’s some important things to consider to help you choose which path is best for your home:

Buy The Right House

It’s critical that you buy a house that's both daffordable for you and in a desirable location for the future renter or owner. Watch out for homes that are exceptionally cheap as they may just be…

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If you’re a luxury buyer, the Austin real estate market is your oyster. Properties are climbing in demand, and so are expectations for the living spaces. But our prestigious addresses are some of Austin’s most expensive homes, and they certainly deliver.

509 Yaupon Valley Rd, West Lakes Hills – $4,500,000 - MLS#: 9231560

The renderings alone are enough to make you fawn over the possibilities for this home’s interior design and landscaping. We’re daydreaming of the beckoning call of canyon views in the morning, followed by afternoons lounging poolside. Located in West Lake Hills, this contemporary gem is set away from other properties, and with a square footage totaling 6,042, the right buyer will have ample space for work and play. Check out this…

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Buffington Homes So, you’ve purchased some land and your dreams of building your own home are starting to come together. The next big step is to find a custom home builder to make your dreams a reality, and with so many custom home builders in Austin, that might be easier said than done.

You’ll want to choose a building team with extensive experience, a good reputation, and one that truly understands your hopes and dreams. Above all, you want a builder that you can trust to always have your best interests in mind and one who will build the home of your dreams that’s influenced by your visions and desires.

With Buffington homes, you’re not building just any home, you’re building your home. They have over 40 years of experience building new custom homes in Austin, and…

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jb goodwin coats for kidsThe holiday season is all about giving, and what better way to show your spirit than to give a child the gift of warmth. There's no better feeling than knowing you've helped someone in need. With the winter season threatening freezing temperatures, JBGoodwin REALTORS® will be participating in the community drive called Coats for Kids for the 19th consecutive year. This organization, created by the Junior League of Austin, collects coats from all over Central Texas to donate to children in need. We have been partaking in the wonderful cause for many years and will be continuing this Austin tradition this year.

Coats For Kids is one of the largest coat drives in the nation and has been helping to keep children warm for 29 years. This event not only…

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